Let’s face it; replacing your roof is a huge investment that very few homeowners want to dish out money for, let alone deal with. So upon finding a few issues with your roof, such as several leaks, missing tiles or shingles, and other problems that could lead to further damage and disrepair, you might wonder whether or not it’s time to invest in a roof replacement or if it’s possible that additional roof repairs may help stretch out its lifespan a little more. Asking yourself the question of ‘should I repair or replace my roof?’ is not the easy or most straightforward one to answer. Luckily though, in addition to working with an experienced roofing company, there are many factors you can look at to figure out which option is the best fit for your given situation. Continue reading to learn a few situations where a roof replacement makes more sense than opting for a repair.
Your Existing Roof Is Getting Old
The age of your roof is one of the biggest factors to consider when weighing whether you should repair it or replace it. How long your Arizona Roof lasts is dependent on many factors, such as the weather, the type of material, and how well it is maintained over the years. Shingles typically last 20 to 25 years with the proper care and maintenance, while clay and concrete tile roofing can last anywhere from four to six decades! If your roof is still fairly new, say 15 years old or younger, then opting for roofing repair is typically the better way to go, depending on the needs of the roof of course. However, if your roof is getting up there in age and is in a state that no amount of repairs will be able to salvage, then a roof replacement is the optimal choice.
If you aren’t sure how old your roof is — maybe it was already installed on your home when you first moved in — in most cases, our Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa roofers can help you determine it’s approximate age. Keep in mind, though, if your roof is in a state of disrepair, how old your roof is will not even matter and it will require a replacement regardless.
You Can See Roof Damage Spreading
It is very difficult to assess roofing damage just by looking from the outside in your yard. That’s why you should inspect your roof from both the inside and the outside. Doing so can help you get a good idea of the condition of your roof.
Starting from the outside, look for any visible areas on your roof where tiles or shingles are broken or missing. Damaged or missing roofing materials can compromise your roof’s ability to withstand water intrusion and are the most common cause of annoying roof leaks that could be causing discoloration, rotting, and other water damage on your ceilings. If only a few missing tiles or an area of your roof with shingle damage is an easy fix for a professional roofing company and likely does not mandate an entire roof replacement. But, a roof with many damaged areas and lots of missing or damaged materials is likely a sign that the structure of your roof is not as effective as it needs to be.
After inspecting the outside, head inside to check out the attic. Water damage can wreak havoc on your roof and is not something that is easily noticed from outside in your yard. In your attic, signs of water damage to look out for include mold and mildew growth, wood rot, and even sunlight pouring through small cracks are all signs that there’s something seriously wrong. While one or even two areas can be handled, large mold colonies, large cracks, and multiple leaks are all indicators that perhaps it’s time to completely start over with a roof replacement.
You’re Considering Selling Your Home
Are you planning on selling your home soon? Nothing can scare potential buyers away more than a roof that is in rough shape. Even if you are trying to save yourself the hassle of dealing with roof work and are pricing the home to sell and leave allowances for roofing repairs, many buyers will shy away from properties that need a new roof because of the work involved in doing so, not to mention the potential for other serious damages in other areas of your home.
What many homeowners planning to sell don’t realize is that investing in your roof can help your property sell faster and for more money. While an old roof in disrepair will quickly send prospective buyers the other way, a new roof can quickly generate more interest from those looking for a home. Therefore, if you are planning to sell your home, consider making an investment in your roof. Chances are, you’ll be able to turn the value of the repairs back just in the value increase of your home.
These are just a few situations where a roof replacement makes more sense than repairs. Whether you need your roof repaired or replaced, it’s important that you work with an experienced roofing company. At Express Roofing, we have been helping homeowners with roof repairs and roof replacements in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, and the surrounding areas for many years. Our roofing contractors can help you determine which option is best for you based on your needs and current condition of your roof. To schedule a roof inspection, contact us!